Happy, Happy New Year!


By Director Barbara Palmer

New Year’s Day presents a clean slate for the coming 12 months. Many people feel refreshed and reinvigorated by the challenges that lay ahead in the new year. I, too, am excited about what is to come in 2019. As many of you are aware, the state of Florida will inaugurate a new Governor on January 8. I look forward to working with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to meet the many needs of our customers.


No Horsing Around


People have been in love with horses for thousands of years, and Jeffrey Weingarth is no exception. Weingarth volunteered in August 2017 at the Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (GHETC) in Miami to fulfill his passion for the majestic animals. He learned the skills he needed to work around the stables and was hired as a Stable Assistant in December 2017.


Around the State


Fostering Christmas


Each year, (for the last 5+ years) the Suncoast Region staff members sponsor “wish lists” from children in foster care throughout the region. This year, they were given a list of 10 children and the APD Suncoast staff wasted no time in selecting their sponsorships. Each child was sponsored in under two days!

5th Annual Caregivers Appreciation Luncheon Held in Pensacola


Members of the Marcus Pointe Baptist Church cooked and served a delicious meal to more than 110 Pensacola caregivers last month for the 5th Annual Caregivers Appreciation Luncheon. This event honors local caregivers with lunch and lively entertainment by the Pyramid Show Choir.

31 Graduate from The Arc Gateway PALS Program


The Arc Gateway Program for Adult Learning and Support (PALS) hosted its 2018 graduation ceremony last month at the Pensacola State College Ashmore Auditorium. Thirty-one students graduated with two certificates in lawn care maintenance, retail services, administrative services, general services, horticulture, cleaning maintenance, information technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, or auto detail.

Clarence Lewis Promoted to State Office Position


Clarence Lewis has been promoted to Bureau Chief of Provider Supports in State Office. In this new role, he will provide support to the regions and leadership, and provide oversight for the Quality Improvement and Clinical Supports workstreams.

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